A cleverly planned, precision built and privately located detached home in delightful sylvan grounds with southerly views down Loch Fyne
Powdermills is a detached house of timber frame construction completed in white painted harled finish and all under a slated roof. The house has been cleverly designed to provide comfortable living space with a pleasant feng shui flow and balance to the house which emphasises space, natural light and wonderful vistas. Internally, there is evidence of great care and attention to detail during the construction process to include substantial slate flooring throughout, good use of American white Poplar hardwood, Bonawe quarry stone, Thermal retention and energy efficiencies (and carrying strength) have been enhanced by sheeting walls and ceilings throughout with Fermacell gypsum fibreboard; Pilkington K2 glass throughout; and a mechanical heat recovery ventilation system.
The house is little known being well screened from the A83, and it is set in sylvan parkland type garden grounds to about 10 acres.
Open fronted outer canopy porch with glass door and matching side screens to entrance reception hallway, leading to Mozolowski & Murray garden room/conservatory, door to drawing room, dining room and kitchen which are all on a stylish open plan. The drawing room features a full vaulted ceiling, exposed Bonawe stone piers, neat study/home office zone, French doors to deck, gardens and courtyard. Bonawe stone steps and relief wall to generous well equipped kitchen featuring window box seating, large double hob, large island unit complete with 3 ovens, large corner larder fridge, open plan formal dining room with French doors to deck and gardens and neat fitted bookcases, utility room with door to gardens, boiler room with oil fired central heating boiler. Bedroom 1 with high vaulted ceiling and gable with central glass, en suite dressing room with fitted mirrored wardrobes, en suite bathroom. Bedroom 2 with French doors to gardens, fitted mirrored wardrobes, en suite shower room with large corner doors to shower. Bedroom 3 with 2 sets of French doors to gardens and courtyard, large inbuilt fitted cupboard for storage or wardrobe, en suite bathroom with fitted shelved linen store. Bedroom 4 with French doors to rear gardens, en suite shower room.
Bedroom 1, retractable Fantozzi Gallery Stair leading to study/music/reading den with glass balustrade and Velux windows, access to floored and lined long term stores. From the garden room, fixed ladder to second study/music/home office, access to further long term floored attic stores.
Strictly subject to planning permission and warrants, the attic spaces have been sensibly designed with D trusses in order that further development within the existing footprint could be achieved with ease.
Stone built detached garage with double opening timber doors, under a box profile steel roof. There is a power supply, generator and external water tap.
Bell mouth entrance fringed with trees and bushes to county style timber gate leading along pretty gravel driveway to vehicle turning and hard standing apron at the rear. The gardens are laid mainly to grass with extensive spring bulbs and bluebell woods. The grounds feature a mixture of semi ancient native trees, more recent specimen plantings and many are under planted with colourful rhododendrons. Pretty paths and walkways wend their way through the grounds from where the views can be fully enjoyed. The eastern boundary is fringed with trees and bushes providing good privacy and seclusion.
The Powder Mills Site
As the Furnace website records, in 1841 it was Dunoon man Robert Sheriff who applied for the license to build the gun powder mills on the lands of Goatfield. The mills went through several hands, and by 1879 they were in the possession of an English company, John Hall & Son.
The process required water power to drive the mills, and a channel was cut to bring water from the River Leacainn near the Brenchoille Bridge. This fed a dam at the top of the site.
The ingredients, charcoal, sulphur, and saltpetre, were brought separately to the mixing house, then the mix was carried up the slope to the massive incorporating millhouse.
Although the products were all stored in separate buildings, the inevitable happened on the afternoon of Saturday 29th September 1883. The factory had closed at 2.00pm and a shinty match was due to be played in the adjacent field.
At 3.10pm there was an enormous explosion. The stove and its boiler house were completely demolished (the stones cleared from the field to allow the shinty match to proceed form a mound opposite the current house and support a mature oak tree and a mature rowan).
Following the explosion, the village petitioned the Secretary of State for closure, With dynamite already replacing gunpowder as a better and safer explosive, John Hall & Son had no incentive to invest in reinstatement and the powder mills closed for good. Some of the ruins of the powder mills buildings remain today, mainly amongst the trees on the hillside area, the part of the site scheduled as a site of industrial architectural interest.
Argyll & Bute Council
Tel: 01546 602 127.
Mains water supply, mains electricity, drainage by private (Balmoral) sewage treatment plant, oil fired central heating (Grant boiler installed 2015), double glazing, mechanical heat recovery ventilation system.
Note: The services have not been checked by the selling agents.
Powdermills is in Band G and the amount of council tax payable for 2017/2018 is £2,708.22.
Powdermills is set in a situation of great natural scenic beauty on the fringe of open countryside and the small coastal village of Furnace in Argyll and Bute.
The house is set amid pretty gardens and grounds with good screening ensuring privacy and seclusion from the nearby A83. From its sheltered and private position, there are wonderful aspects stretching south down Loch Fyne.
Furnace is located on the A83 which connects Inveraray and Lochgilphead. Furnace has a shop/post office, primary school, health centre and a weekend bar in the Village Hall. Inveraray (8 miles to the north-east) and Lochgilphead (16 miles to the south-west) provide an excellent range of further local amenities, shops and professional services. The district is well served by both primary and secondary education with FE/HE College learning centre in the latter.
Glasgow, about 71 miles away, offers a full range of higher and further education services, as well as all the cultural and professional services normally connected with a major city. The A83 and A82 offer swift access to central Scotland with the closest rail link at Arrochar (34 miles) providing access to the main west coast line to Glasgow. The village is also served by a bus service offering daily direct connections to Glasgow and to Campbeltown on the Mull of Kintyre; and daily to Oban via Inveraray or Lochgilphead.
The locality of Loch Fyne-side offers much in the way of outdoor pursuits including cross-country cycle routes, hill walks and challenging climbs; Brainport Heritage Trail and Solar Alignment just a short walk along the shores of Loch Fyne towards Minard Castle; the famous Crarae National Trust Gardens; events and entertainment in Minard and Furnace village halls; a cross-country drive to Loch Awe; and Auchindrain Museum reached by the River Leacainn Walk out of Furnace.
The area is very well supplied with golf courses. The nearest are the 9-hole course at Inveraray (where, annually the village of Furnace hosts its famous Furnace Shut competition); and full courses at Lochgilphead, Oban and, an hour and a half away, near Campbeltown on the Mull of Kintyre, two major courses: the Old Tom Morris designed Machrihanish course and the Machrihanish Dunes course, an ecologically sensitive challenge and the first ever to be built on a Site of Special Scientific Interest.
Mid-Argyll presents some of the most dramatic seascapes and landscapes on the West Coast of Scotland. Sea, river and loch fishing is easily available, as are a number of organised private and commercial low ground shoots as well as deer-stalking. There are excellent opportunities for boating/yachting on Loch Fyne, leading not only to the Clyde estuary but also to the Crinan Canal across the Mull of Kintyre to the Hebrides and the Atlantic. The Lochgair and Minard Moorings Group offer mooring opportunities for prospective boat owners.
From Glasgow, proceed west on the M8 to Junction 30 and the Erskine Bridge. Turn left off the bridge onto the A82 and continue for about 25 miles to Tarbet. Then go straight on (becomes A83) signposted for Lochgilphead, for a further 24 miles around Loch Long and the end of Loch Fyne to Inveraray. Continue on the A83, to reach Furnace. On approaching Furnace, be aware of the row of red brick single storey cottages on the left, stay on main road beyond these cottages for about 150 yards to find the entrance to Powdermills on the right hand side, just before the 40mph sign.